19 Nov 2012
Today, President Obama spoke in Burma – or as he termed it, Myanmar, despite official US practice to call the country Burma – and repeatedly botched the name of the country’s famed Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, instead calling her Aung YAN Suu Kyi. Then he called President Thein Sein “President Sein,” which was a diplomatic snafu, since the president of Burma is to be called by his full name.
His speech was just as bad. After getting through the basics – acting as though his doctrine, not President Bush’s multiple actions on behalf of democracy in Burma, had created more freedom in Burma — Obama cited Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “four fundamental freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.”
When it came to freedom of speech, Obama said all the right things – after all, he was not talking about an anti-Islam YouTube video in Burma. But he then followed up that glowing language with this bombshell: “Now, on other hand, as President, I cannot just impose my will on Congress — the Congress of the United States — even though sometimes I wish I could.” Yes, he does. And he does everything in his power to exceed his constitutional bounds. And he said this in Burma, a military dictatorship for decades, shortly after calling it Myanmar, the name for the country used by the military dictatorship. Talk about undermining America on the world stage.
Obama moved on to freedom from want, which he said was accomplished through private property which could be seized by government. Really. Here was his take on how economics makes peoples prosperous…
The article continues, with video, at Big Peace.
Just moments earlier, President Obama had been in ‘tense’ talks with the Cambodian leader over his poor democratic leadership model and the country’s worsening human rights abuses.
Yet, a costume change later and with a wine glass in hand, the president was all smiles with Prime Minister Hun Sen as they settled down to dinner together at the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh.
President Obama donned a traditional silk shirt as he posed with other world leaders during his final stop of his historic East Asia tour.
He has made history twice within hours this morning, becoming the first U.S. president to set foot in Myanmar – known more commonly as Burma – and Cambodia…
This morning on his Facebook page Michael Yon, who is in Thailand, wrote:
Obama: Talk of the Town in Thailand
President Obama visited with Prime Minister Yingluck, and these photos have plenty of Thais upset. Thailand is a good ally of the US, so it has nothing to do with anything on that level. Many people believed the Thai PM and Obama were too flirty, and so these images are getting passed around.
Here is the article Yon linked to: The charmer-in-chief: Obama gets flirty as he schmoozes with Thai prime minister on first stop of historic Asia visit [video]
And, finally, Obama Asks For Prayers to Raise Taxes [video]
…Taking a break from deficit negotiations for a whirlwind tour of southeast Asia, President Obama joked this afternoon as he toured a sacred Buddhist temple that he could use some prayer to help reach a budget deal.
“We’re working on this budget, we’re going to need a lot of prayer for that,” the president told a monk at the Wat Pho Royal Monastery….
CAJ note: Unless the monk has seen these photos…
“…Barack Obama’s gaffes demonstrate not only a marked lack of attention to detail and a high degree of amateurishness on the part of the White House, but also a disturbing willingness to curry favour with unsavoury regimes. Hardly a good omen for Obama’s second term.”
Read the whole thing!
Update 2: In Burma, Obama pressurizes Buddhists to give citizenship to ‘Rohingya’ Muslims. Most Americans do not know what’s been happening to Buddhists in Burma at the hands of Muslims.
…The news that Obama’s drinking water was being imported – out of concerns over potential poisoning or contamination – became the topic of parody in the English-language daily newspaper, the Nation. Its political cartoonist Stephff sketched bald and beefy Secret Service agents with frothing mouths and guns in hand, readily assaulting innocent waiters offering glasses of water to the president…